Photoshop: Gradient Editor: can't create gradients using foreground/background color if you go through Layer Styles (only the Gradient tool)

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I'm using Photoshop 19.1.5.

I'm trying to create and save a new Gradient preset that uses whatever the Foreground or Background color is set to at a given time, rather than a specific color. This is displayed with a special icon (see #1 in the screenshot below). To get this, you click the down-arrow (#2) and select Foreground or Background.

This works if you select the Gradient Tool (shortcut: G) and launch the Gradient Editor from the top toolbar, but NOT if you access the Gradient Editor from Layer Styles. The window looks the same, but if I click on #2 and select Foreground or Background, it sets the swatch to that specific color, not whatever color is set as Foreground/Background at the time. The #1 icon is set to that color, not the Foreground/Background icon.

It wouldn't be a big deal, except that I'm trying to save Presets without specific colors set. It's a pain to have to manually enter the colors you want to use into the Gradient Editor each time.

This bug is pretty new, probably introduced in the past 6 months. I know I haven't encountered this problem before that.


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i think the issue here is that when you're choosing fg/bg from the dropdown(2), it's not actually assigning FG/BG, but just whatever colors that happen to be. The only way i know of accessing the FG/BG gradient preset is to use the one that ships with the default gradient set. Is there a reason you can't use that one?